By Professor Aidan Moran. Going to college or university is an exciting yet daunting experience for many students. It's exciting because you can study interesting subjects, make new friends, and pursue new hobbies in college. But it's also daunting, because in order to get a successful academic education, you will have to accept personal responsibility for a task for which you have received little or no special training in school. This task requires you to manage your own learning or to become an active, independent, and self-motivated student when it comes to planning, conducting, and evaluating your academic work. For example, it's up to you whether you go to lectures in the first place. And it's up to you whether you spend your time studying in the library or going to the shops. And it's your business, not that of your lecturers, to make sure that you don't fall behind in your studies.
Put simply, if you don't want your free time in college to become wasted time, you will have to master a number of study skills that were not taught earlier in school. For example, you will have to learn to listen and write at the same time when taking lecture notes in class. And you'll have to learn to study effectively - or read with a question in mind. Of course, you'll also have to master the art of getting down to study regardless of the mood you're in. But most of all, you'll have to learn to think for yourself - the true hallmark of an educated mind.
Put simply, as you can see, your biggest challenge in the years ahead is to manage your own learning effectively. The good news is that by listening to this audio presentation, you've already taken a step in the right direction.
Contents list: Going to College: Managing your own learning, Getting down to study: Practical tips on motivation, Managing your study time, Learning from lectures: Listening and note-taking skills, Improving your reading and summarizing skills, Focusing effectively: Improving your concentration skills, Remembering and understanding what you learn: Practical tips, Evaluating what you learn: Thinking critically, Planning and writing essays and papers, Exam skills: Doing your best when it matters most
Written and narrated by Professor Aidan Moran; additional narration by Emma Thurston.
Aimed at students in college and university, this new audio single “Exam Success” is taken from the bestselling album: “Learn to Study” by Professor Aidan Moran which teaches students the most important study skills for success at college and university.
Like it or not, examinations play a crucial role in university life. They ensure quality control of degree standards, provide academic feedback to students and staff, and above all, assess your understanding of what you have learned from your studies. But exams don’t test knowledge directly. They assess how well you can remember and explain what you know on the big day. Given this strategic challenge of exams, Aidan Moran will give you some practical tips on preparing for, and doing your best in, exams. The self-help approach provides advice and tips on areas such as; getting down to studying, practical tips on motivation, remembering and understanding, and exam skills; doing your best when it matters most.
Written by Sara Connor; narrated by Sara Dylan.
This audio listening experience will bring to you a clear and comprehensive strategy for passing your exams. It is not a guide on how to pass exams without effort. Effort and hard work will be required throughout the academic year and for the exam itself but by the end of the audio presentation you will have a clear understanding of the steps to take.
Studying for and sitting examinations can be a very challenging and stressful experience for all of us, including “A –star” students. Because we want to give our very best and to perform well on the day, it is entirely normal to feel anxious or nervous. That is why it is important to develop sufficient levels of confidence, without being over confident or too complacent that will minimize the nerves and enable us to do ourselves justice.
SELF TALK by Dr Denis McBrinn: Narrated by Sara Dylan
This short audio presentation is designed to bring a clear definition of what self-talk is, how to achieve effective and positive self-talk, and to give you an opportunity to focus and reflect on the level of effective and positive self-talk currently in your life.
"There's someone in my head, but it's not me." Roger Waters
There is a voice inside everyone's head that is constantly talking. It never stops: Always chattering away, every minute of our waking hours. This is known as our "Self-Talk" or "Internal Monologue".
No one else ever hears this internal voice but us. We are the sole listeners to our self-talk.
What our self-talk repeatedly says to us and how we respond to it, has a big influence on our life.
This short audio presentation is designed to bring a clear understanding of what self-esteem is, how to develop it, and to give you an opportunity to focus and reflect on the level of self-esteem currently in your life.
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent" Eleanor Roosevelt
The word esteem derives from the Latin meaning "to estimate".
Self-esteem is about how we estimate or regard ourselves and the beliefs we have about ourselves.
It is related to the type of person we think we are; our values; skills and abilities.
Esteem is associated with our sense of accomplishment.
This short audio presentation by Dr Denis McBrinn and narrated by Sara Dylan, is designed to bring a clear and unambiguous definition of what opportunity is, how to seize it, and to give you a relaxing moment to focus and reflect on the level of opportunity currently in your life.
"The pessimist sees the problem with every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every problem" Winston Churchill.
Life's opportunities are not always immediately obvious.
Opportunities can come to us disguised as problems, difficulties and challenges. Sometimes all it takes is a subtle change in thinking to make the most of them.
Written and narrated by Dr Denis McBrinn
Go for it! Be Confident, is designed to help you develop the confidence to succeed in all areas of your personal and working life.
Confidence is the key to a happy and fulfilling life and it has such an impact on how we perform in every single area of life. As a professional Life Coach Denis McBrinn is often asked how can we get more out life and achieve the best possible life we can.
Whether it is: Delivering an important presentation to the board Performing on stage Asking for a romantic date Succeeding at exams Winning sports Closing a vital business negotiation or sales deal Getting down to your ideal weight Securing your dream job Running a marathon Giving a speech at your daughter’s wedding Being a great parent, or Picking yourself up quickly and appropriately from any of life’s setbacks.
No matter what the challenge or situation, confidence and self-belief can be said to be two of the most important factors for success.
The purpose of this program is to empower you to take practical steps along the road to greater confidence in all aspects of your life and to help you make a real difference where it matters most. It will introduce you to the skills and mind-set that successful athletes, sport stars, actors, artists, inventors, politicians and business people have developed to create confident and fulfilling careers and lives.
Track index 1. Introduction: 2. What Confidence is and isn’t 3. Building Confidence in Yourself 4. Being Confident with Others 5. Confident Social Skills: Practical Tips 6. Speaking Confidently in Public 7. Exam Success 8. Job interviews: Confidence when it Matters Most 9. Confidence at Work 10. Selling with Confidence 11. Confident Parenting: Inspiring Confidence in your Children 12. Winning at Sports 13. Going Forward with Confidence: Go For It!
"Assertiveness is our ability to act in harmony with our self-esteem, without hurting others" There are many advantages of assertiveness in communication: • Assertiveness helps us feel good about ourselves • Assertiveness leads to the development of mutual respect with others • Assertiveness increases our self-esteem, how we perceive our own value • Assertiveness helps us achieve our goals in life • Assertiveness reduces anxiety and can solve day-to-day problems and grievances • Assertiveness protects us from being bullied by others • Assertiveness enables us to make decisions and free choices in life The first step toward becoming more assertive is nurturing a realistic and respectful perspective on your value as a person, your self-esteem.
Dr Denis McBrinn From the bestselling audiobook: Go for it! Be Confident by Dr Denis McBrinn.This Audio will address the three People Smart areas of: Building Self Confidence, Being Confident with Others, and Confident Social Skills. The starting point for building confidence is yourself. We know that confidence comes from within – it is not outside us and it is all to do with trust. The most important relationship in our lives is the one we develop with ourselves. How well do you know and trust yourself? How good a friend are you to yourself? Others will treat you according to the way you see yourself. If you believe, deep down, you are a capable, worthwhile person and know that you deserve to be treated well, then that is the way others will treat you. On the other hand, if you don’t value yourself, then no one else will. If you are always putting yourself down, people will treat you as a door mat and walk all over you. Developing people skills is a pre-requisite to building confidence with others. Social gatherings like weddings, funerals, christenings and parties can be uncomfortable and stressful situations, especially when we feel we are lacking in confidence. Social skills are arguably the most important set of abilities we can develop and practice to help build self- confidence. Having confident social skills will help you to meet interesting people, get that job you want, progress further in your career and establish good relationships. This Audio will address the three People Smart areas of: Building Self Confidence, Being Confident with Others, and Confident Social Skills.